Cecilia Ogwal, the Dokolo Woman Member of parliament, said people have previously donated generously towards government programs. She wondered why the government chose to only exempt taxes for those who donated towards Covid-19 and leave out others.
has withdrawn the Income Tax (Amendment) (No.2) Bill, 2020, which sought to
provide for the deduction of an equal amount of money to the donations by tax
payers to the COVID19 National Task Force on Covid-19 while filing their tax
followed varied views by legislators on the bill. Many legislators argued that the
donation of money, food stuff, vehicles and other items were made voluntarily
and unconditionally by individuals and companies.
While some of the legislators say at some point,
Uganda National Bureaus of Standards (UNBS) declared some of the food donation unfit
for human consumption.
Cecilia Ogwal, the Dokolo Woman Member of parliament, said people have
previously donated generously towards government programs. She wondered why
the government chose to only exempt taxes for those who donated towards Covid-19
and leave out others.
She said that it was not African for people to be rewarded for their will to
donate and that she wasn’t convinced by the proposal. The Speaker of
Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga also questioned whether people donated with the
intentions of getting tax relief from government.
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Bahati explained that the law already provides for donations to charitable
organizations but that there is no specific law providing for donations to
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Nathan Nandala Mafabi, the Budadiri West MP opposed Bahati’s explanation,
saying that the donations to government were voluntary and that there is no way
parliament can reward the companies and individuals for their actions.
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Elijah Okupa, the Kasilo County MP also questioned whether the government had
stopped receiving donations for COVID-19 for it to limit the proposed exemption
to only between April 1st and December 31st, 2020.
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Amidst a strong protest from legislators, Bahati conceded and withdrew the Bill,
saying that government will return to parliament at a later stage.